April 23, 2007

Sometimes I just can't believe the country we live in

Ashburn, Georgia holds its first integrated prom.

Nice job fellas, only 53 years after Brown v. Board of Education.

Posted by Frinklin at April 23, 2007 09:35 PM | TrackBack

And it only took four years after that sort of thing made a stink in the national media. Don't say southerners are slow.

I always wonder where the people who don't fit in the black-white binary go, especially nowadays with so many Latinos in the South. In the days of school segregation, non-black people of color would go to court to try to get classified as white so they could attend the good schools, but that usually failed.

Posted by: PG at April 23, 2007 09:55 PM

I think that in the south, people are slow to embrace diversity partly because of prejudice, partly because of distrust for the Yankee mindset, but mostly because "that's just the way things are done". Changing a cultural mindset that has been ingrained in both blacks and whites is not an easy thing - particularly when both sides don't trust each other in the first place.

That said, this is long overdue. I think the more we can see each other as just people, regardless of political (in the geographical sense) lines or cultural lines, the better off our society will be. If that can happen in the deep south, of all places, our society will at least be moving in the right direction.

Posted by: PapaShaft at April 24, 2007 05:34 AM
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